Waste Management Essay

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     Municipal waste is disposed of in three different ways. As of 2004 it is estimated that 71 percent is land filled, 16 percent incinerated, and 13 percent recycled. Other wastes that have to be disposed of are nuclear and hazardous wastes. The environmental effects of different waste management solutions will be discussed as well as ideal ways, in my opinion, to dispose of different forms of solid wastes.      Landfills are the most commonly used form of disposing wastes today. It is also a form of disposal that causes many environmental impacts that are in need of addressing. A major effect of landfills is Leachate, a contaminated liquid that percolates through the waste in a…show more content…
Many of it has been buried in landfills or underground and then leaked into the earth, thus once again contributing to water contamination. It is common knowledge that the effects of hazardous and nuclear waste is very profound and can lead to death or mutation of plants, animals and people that come into contact with it.      The realization of the negative environmental effects that waste disposal has can be a very sobering experience. It has enacted many people to question what we should do and how to handle this waste. Organizations such as Green Peace and the Environmental Protection Agency make it their goal to educate society as well as implement laws to govern the disposal of waste so that the negative effects that these wastes have on the environment is reduced. These organizations have educated individuals and tried to get each person to do their part to help the environment. What can we do to help is a question that many Americans now ask.      An obvious solution to handle solid waste is through recycling. There are many useful products that can be created from the recycling of glass, plastic, paper and many other items. The major factor that should be focused on is the recycling of paper. I say this because according to EPA.gov, paper contributes to 40 percent of a landfill’s contents.

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